Wilmington, DE

Comprehensive School Reform


In the Christina School District, the largest in Delaware, CTAC conducted an assessment of readiness and capacity and then provided assistance through a systemic initiative, New Directions in Christina, based on our Standard Bearer Schools framework. A key success factor was the active engagement of thousands of parents in school planning and assessing reform effectiveness.


  • Increased student achievement for all student sub-groups as measured on three major independent assessments
  • The most significant improvements in student achievement were among African American and Hispanic students, for the first time ever in the district
  • Significant improvements in teaching and learning conditions, organizational support and alignment, school planning and human resource practices
  • Marked strengthening of district capacities in data, research, instructional support, organizational development, professional development, fundraising and corporate involvement